There’s an eerie new adaptation on the horizon! Paramount has won the rights to horror short Meet Jimmy, which played as part of Fantasia Film Fest last month. The film will be co-produced for Paramount by Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and The Picture Company.
According to Deadline, there was “intense interest” in the short, which is directed by Dutch filmmakers David-Jan Bronsgeest and Tim Koomen. And given the success of Platinum Dune’s last horror film, A Quiet Place (2018), it looks like Meet Jimmy is in good hands.
Exact details are still under wraps, but here’s what we know: Meet Jimmy centres on a woman named Jennifer, who listens to a podcast about a serial killer named Jimmy TwoFingers. Jimmy kills his victims by sticking his fingers in their throats until they suffocate. As the story unfolds, it dawns on Jennifer that Jimmy knows she is listening… and that if she stops, she will meet him in person.
Paramount has hinted that Meet Jimmy could be part of a franchise. That’s not surprising, given it is already being favourably compared to The Ring (2002) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), both of which spawned successful sequels.
David-Jan Bronsgeest will direct the film, while Shawn and Michael Rusmussen will write the script along with Tim Koomen.
But would we be wise to temper our expectations? Paramount was recently criticized for pulling the plug on another beloved horror property just weeks before it was set to begin shooting. As Nightmare on Film Street reported last year, Paramount ditched its planned Friday the 13th reboot following the disappointing box office results of Rings (2017).
Here’s hoping the success of other horror-shorts-turned-feature-length-films like District 9 (2009) and The Babadook (2014), along with the aforementioned success of A Quiet Place, are enough to keep Meet Jimmy afloat. It seems Paramount is pretty confident, as they also have 2 other horror shorting in development. Larry, which is set to shoot this fall, and Julian Terry’s They Hear It, which they recently acquired with Legendary Entertainment.
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